Past event: Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Conference

Embedding innovation across the battlespace

'As the world changes, so must we. We are responding with a bold and ambitious innovation initiative - to embed innovation across our organisation and transform the way we think and operate'
- Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence

Key NATO nations are increasing defence spending and prioritising disruptive innovation for data management and digital technologies to transform ISR; C2; and the manned/unmanned/autonomous mix on land, at sea, in the air and in space.

In response to this, and the huge success of the 2019 conference, the world leading Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Conference will return to London after a three-year hiatus 27-29 September 2022, bringing together over 250 senior military leaders, government officials, tech and defence industry, research, War and Staff colleges and academia.

The breadth of attendance by senior national military and NATO leaders, underlines the developing pace and significance of how Digital Age technology and method are fundamentally reshaping Defence and Security capability and operations. Warfare is now at machine-speed and armed forces need to accelerate the delivery of innovative technologies to the warfighter to retain strategic overmatch in the Digital Age.

The 2022 Conference delivers an interesting agenda, with topics including the gathering, structuring, and utilisation of data to enhance C5ISR, whilst achieving information and decision-making superiority; the exploitation of autonomous, MUM-T platforms in all domains; the culture of experimentation and innovation within Armed Forces; and exploration of defence enterprises to facilitate the delivery of emerging technology and keep pace with the seismic progression of industry.

Benefits for the Military Community

  • Achieve operationalisation and exploitation of disruptive technologies by hearing case studies and learning how to advance experimentation, prototyping, and R&D efforts
  • Transform C2 and enhance decision-making by hearing briefings from the main military decision-makers, industry, and academia
  • Revolutionise intelligence, unlock the power of AI, and achieve data-drive decision-making by meeting leading solution-providers of advanced software and data management technologies
  • Multiply your force and adopt a manned-unmanned mix of capability for future multi-domain warfare by enhancing your understanding of what is in the art of the possible
  • Advance hard and soft power for hybrid warfare by embedding innovation and learning how to accelerate procurement from non-traditional defence suppliers

Benefits for the Technology Industry

  • Present your solutions to decision-makers, who are shortening their procurement cycles and accelerating integration of technologies from traditional and commercial solution providers
  • Gain first-hand insights into near, mid, and long-term development plans of NATO militaries to align your systems to capability requirements and secure future partnerships
  • Learn about how your organisation can benefit from defence innovation initiatives, focusing on military exploitation of SME and start-up technologies
  • Be the first to showcase your C4ISR and RAS solutions to Armed Forces' thought leaders, as they finalise requirements for the future Joint Force
  • Enhance your understanding of current experimentation, trialling, and R&D to inform budgetary decisions and develop winning business proposals

2022 Conference Chairman

  • General (Ret.) Sir James Everard, KCB, CBE, Formerly DSACEUR (2017-2020), Conference Chairman

Early Confirmed 2022 Speakers

  • Laurence Lee, Second Permanent Secretary, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Maynard Holliday, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Critical Technologies, US Department of Defense
  • Michael Clark (SES), Director for Acquisition and Technology (J9), U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)
  • James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General - Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
  • Sami Khoury, Head, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Canadian Government
  • Lieutenant General Michael Vetter, Head of Cyber & IT Department and Chief Information Officer, German Ministry of Defence
  • Air Marshal Ian Gale, Director General, Joint Force Development & Defence Academy, UK Strategic Command
  • Air Marshal (Ret’d) Sir Christopher Harper KBE RAF, Former Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, NATO
  • Major General Giovanni Gagliano, Chief of the C5I Department, Italian Army
  • Major General Wolfgang Gäbelein, Director, Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning
  • Air Vice-Marshall David Arthurton, Director of Strategy and Military Digitisation, UK Strategic Command
  • Major General Francesco Olla, Head of III Department (Military Policy and Planning), Italian Army
  • Air Vice-Marshal Maria Byford, Air Secretary and Chief of Staff, Personnel, Royal Air Force
  • Rear Admiral James Parkin, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Capability), Royal Navy (Subject to final confirmation)
  • Air Vice-Marshal Ranald Munro, Commandant General Royal Auxiliary Air Force and COS Reserves, RAuxAF (Subject to final confirmation)
  • Brigadier General Jeffery Valenzia, Advance Battle Management System Cross Functional Team Lead, USAF
  • Brigadier General Paolo Sandri, Pinerolo Mechanised Brigade Commander, Medium Forces –Digitalised Brigade, Italian Army
  • Brigadier Oliver Kingsbury, Warfare Development Head, Land Warfare Centre
  • James Gavin, Future Capability Group Head, DE&S - UK MOD
  • Lora Muchmore, Chief Innovation Officer, IT Portfolio Management, Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer
  • Cecil Buchanan, RAF CTO & RAF RCO Hd Science, Royal Air Force
  • Captain Michael Brasseur, Commodore - Task Force 59, Commander Unmanned & Artificial Intelligence Integration, US Navy
  • Captain Rachel Singleton, Head Digital & C5ISR Development, Royal Navy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Pete Williams, Head, jHub
  • Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont, SO1 Robotics & Autonomous Systems, British Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Neil Lakin, SO1 Algorithmic Warfare, UK Strategic Command
  • Lieutenant Colonel Martijn Hädicke, Commander, Robot Autonomous Systems Cell, 13th Light Infantry Brigade, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Dave Swan, Lead Engineer - Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise, DE&S – UK MoD
  • Sally Walker, Former Director Cyber, GCHQ
  • Scarlett McDermott, Chief Technology Officer, WithYouWithMe
  • Dr David Benson, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (Subject to final confirmation)
  • Rob Harper, CEO, Rowden Technologies
  • Stéphane Klecha, Managing Partner, Klecha & Co

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Event details
Organizer : Defence IQ
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-23751